verb (-cated; -cating) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin suffocatus, past participle of suffocare to choke, stifle, from sub- + fauces throat Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. a. (1) to stop the respiration of (as by strangling or asphyxiation) (2) to deprive of oxygen b. to make uncomfortable by want of fresh air 2. to impede or stop the development of intransitive verb 1. to become suffocated: a. (1) to die from being unable to breathe (2) to die from lack of oxygen b. to be uncomfortable through lack of fresh air 2. to become checked in development • suffocation nounsuffocative adjective

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  • Suffocate — Suf fo*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Suffocated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Suffocating}.] 1. To choke or kill by stopping respiration; to stifle; to smother. [1913 Webster] Let not hemp his windpipe suffocate. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To destroy; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suffocate — suffocate, asphyxiate, stifle, smother, choke, strangle, throttle can all mean to interrupt the normal course of breathing. Suffocate commonly refers to conditions in which breathing is impossible through lack of available oxygen or through… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Suffocate — Suf fo*cate, v. i. To become choked, stifled, or smothered. A swelling discontent is apt to suffocate and strangle without passage. collier. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Suffocate — Suf fo*cate, a. [L. suffocatus, p. p. of suffocare to choke; sub under + fauces the throat. Cf. {Faucal}.] Suffocated; choked. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • suffocate — index extinguish, impede, repress, stifle Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • suffocate — early 15c., from L. suffocatus, pp. of suffocare (see SUFFOCATION (Cf. suffocation)). Related: Suffocated; suffocating …   Etymology dictionary

  • suffocate — [v] choke asphyxiate, drown, smother, stifle, strangle; concepts 163,246 Ant. free, let go, loose …   New thesaurus

  • suffocate — ► VERB 1) die or cause to die from lack of air or inability to breathe. 2) feel or cause to feel trapped or oppressed. DERIVATIVES suffocation noun. ORIGIN Latin suffocare stifle , from fauces throat …   English terms dictionary

  • suffocate — [suf′ə kāt΄] vt. suffocated, suffocating [< L suffocatus, pp. of suffocare, to choke < sub ,SUB + fauces, gullet, throat: see FAUCES] 1. to kill by cutting off the supply of oxygen to the lungs, gills, etc. 2. to hinder the free breathing… …   English World dictionary

  • suffocate — UK [ˈsʌfəkeɪt] / US [ˈsʌfəˌkeɪt] verb Word forms suffocate : present tense I/you/we/they suffocate he/she/it suffocates present participle suffocating past tense suffocated past participle suffocated 1) a) [intransitive/transitive] to die because …   English dictionary

  • suffocate — suf|fo|cate [ˈsʌfəkeıt] v [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of suffocare, from sub ( SUB ) + fauces throat ] 1.) [I and T] to die or make someone die by preventing them from breathing ▪ The animal seizes its prey by the throat… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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